TexShare Databases Authorized Access

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) through the TexShare program provides licensed electronic resources to TexShare member institutions. The groups that are eligible for TexShare membership are established by statue and administrative rule (see https://www.tsl.texas.gov/texshare/eligibility.html). 

Eligible groups are:

  • Accredited Texas public libraries
  • Texas academic institutions (public and private not-for-profit 2 and 4 year institutions)
  • Libraries of Clinical Medicine

Patrons of these member libraries may access TexShare resources at the library and through remote access.

K-12 libraries (public or private) are not members of the TexShare Consortium and are not eligible to participate in the electronic resources program. As a result, school libraries are not authorized to provide access to TexShare resources.

Public K-12 libraries may participate in TSLAC's TexQuest electronic resource program: www.texquest.net

K-12 students may use the TexShare electronic resources through their local public library.

K-12 students enrolled in dual-credit programs at community or 4-year colleges and universities are also students of the college or university and may be given access to TexShare resources through the college or university only.

TexShare member institutions may not enter into agreements with school districts or individual K-12 schools to give all students library cards for the purpose of providing organized access to TexShare electronic resources at school, and TexShare resources should not be incorporated into K-12 curricula or classroom instruction. 

TSLAC contracts with content providers do not permit this type of use.

If you have questions please contact the TexShare program at: texshare@tsl.texas.gov

Page last modified: October 14, 2016